Exciting changes have been taking place at Maplewood Library, with three librarians being promoted to new positions.
Irene Langlois has stepped into the role of Branch Manager at Hilton Branch. She looks forward to expanding on the successes achieved by her predecessor Jenny Burkholder, who retired in December.
Irene joined Maplewood Library as a Children’s Librarian in 2007, before moving on in 2011 to become the Teen Librarian and then Head of Teen Services.
As the Teen Librarian, she engaged teens in many new programs and expanded offerings for college-bound students. She envisaged and oversaw the development of the Create Space and has served as mentor and instructor for Create Camp and NJ Makers Day.
Irene formerly worked in the financial industry, providing Foreign Exchange research and analysis to Fortune 100 clients, and was responsible for the sales and marketing of FX products.
A resident of Maplewood for almost 20 years, Irene lives with her husband, Mitch Greenberg, and daughter Eve, a senior at CHS. Living in the Maplecrest neighborhood, they enjoyed weekly story times at Hilton Branch when Eve was little.
Irene’s role as Teen Services Librarian has been filled by Emily Witkowski. Emily graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.A. in English and a minor in Interactive Multimedia before going to Rutgers for her MLIS. She started at Maplewood Library in the Children’s Room in 2014 and has loved working with the community and is excited to get to know a new group of library users. In library land she has done a lot of work with maker spaces and DIY culture. Outside of libraries, Emily has worked backstage with community theaters, played sports through college, plays open mics, and enjoys the opportunities she gets to put her personal skills and interests to use in her library work.
Maplewood Library also has a new Head of Circulation and Technical Services. Amanda Eigen came to the library in 2002 and has served as Media Coordinator and Senior Adult Librarian. In her new role she will supervise all circulation activities and technical services, oversee cataloging, collaborate on collection development and serve at the public desks. Amanda was the chief architect of a $72,500 grant awarded to the library for the development of the very popular ESOL classes at Hilton Branch. She lives in South Orange with her husband Rich and their teenage children.
Find out more about the Maplewood Library at www.maplewoodlibrary.org.